Cindy Sheehan: ‘Barack-A-lujah! I Have Seen The Light!’ – OpEd

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Thanks to the helpful feedback I have received over these past two, or so, years, I have seen the enormous error of my ways.

I used to be against ALL wars and the use of violence, but (and I must admit a little confusion on this one, at first) now it seems that I am against wars, acts of war, and violence ONLY if a Republican is president. Now I understand with perfect clarity that it was good to protest Bush—and if the US-UN resolution against Libya was done when Bush was president, it would have been wrong—but now it’s “compassionate.” I must admit, I was a little shocked to find out that the US actually commits compassionate acts and, again, silly me—I thought most acts of war and war were for profit. I realize that only a jerk (or racist) would think that now. I have repented.

I cringe with embarrassment when I think of the wasted years imagining that there could be any other way to solve problems without killing more innocent people! It’s okay to bomb Libyans to save Libyans (or Iraqis to save Iraqis; or Afghans to save Afghans; or Yemenis to save Yemenis, etc) because a Democratic president who has been given the cover of the UN Security Council may bomb them. Yep, it’s all starting to make sense. With all the continuing conflicts, imagining a world without war was starting to seem useless—and now I know it was! Phew!

This is another kooky idea I had—that the Security Council of the UN oftentimes, if not always, bowed to the will of the global oligarchy—or should we say, OILigarchy. I chuckle, because apparently that notion was either dead wrong, or was just a fact of life up until January 20, 2009.

Cindy Sheehan campaigns at an End the War Now! rally in San Francisco, October 2007

Cindy Sheehan campaigns at an End the War Now! rally in San Francisco, October 2007

Here’s another mistaken notion that I labored under all these years: Torture is inhumane and a war crime. Up until just last week, I thought the US torture camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba should be closed and that military tribunals should not resume—but President Obama signed an executive order to keep Gitmo open and resume military tribunals. Wow, it’s like from almost one day to the next, torture and illegal, indefinite detention became acceptable practices.

Pssst—since I am in confession mode, I want to, with a red face, confess something else. Please, I hope you laugh with me and not at me, but this is so hard to admit. I thought I learned that US citizens were to be arrested only with reasonable cause, given their due process, and THEN punished if found guilty. I must admit I still thought that was wrong earlier today, but when I was (not so) gently and repeatedly reminded that we have a change agent as president, the scales fell from my eyes and now I get it! If Barack Obama (D) thinks that a US citizen needs to be executed without a trial or even a handshake, then by golly that person must need to be killed. Barack Obama (D) is a Constitutional scholar after all and I am sure his interpretation of the Bill of Rights is the correct one. Who am I to argue? What a relief—thinking is so unnecessary and hard!

Now the skeptical, old and ignorant Cindy Sheehan would have thought that the US was only concerned with the regime in Libya “killing its own citizens” because Libya has large crude oil reserves, but that was before I reflected on the fact that Barack Obama (D) has told us that offshore drilling and nuclear power is safe! Like my new hero, Barack Obama (D) keeps saying, we do need to “reduce” US dependence on “foreign oil,” but not before we kill as many people as we must to get all of that oil. The old me also would have thought that we needed to entirely eliminate our dependence on petroleum and petroleum products all together, but if Barack Obama (D) says it’s safe, that’s good enough for me!

I just hope the people of Libya realize that it’s way more of an honor to be killed by a US bomb then by a Libyan bomb and what an honor it is that the US is paying attention to their internal strife, because we don’t always do that—we like to pick and choose—and Libya, it’s probably just a coincidence that we choose YOU because you have oil. My country would never do anything wrong when a Democrat is president and I will forget history, too, because I don’t need it anymore.

I also must admit that I used to spend a lot of time worrying about Pfc Bradley Manning being incarcerated and tortured at Quantico for allegedly dumping info about US policy to Wikileaks. Now, I believe that if he did that to my wonderful president, he must deserve the treatment he is getting. Manning, that traitor, is lucky President Obama (D) hasn’t just decided to drop a Hellfire missile on him from one of those righteous drones he loves to use! Additionally, if Obama (D) says that Manning’s treatment is “appropriate,” I believe him now. Worrying about Bradley was keeping me up at night and now I wish I had the money back that I incorrectly donated to his legal defense fund so I can send it to the Committee to Re-Elect the President.

The old axiom is true! Confession is good for the soul!

I hope with this confession and subsequent penance (10 Our Fathers, 20 Hail Mary’s and a pledge to vote Democrat for the rest of my life) that I am accepted back into the fold of the Democratic Party. I will also voluntarily swear to uphold healthcare for profit and to love Wall Street, the war machine, and the bankers with all my heart while detesting working people and those people who want to “kill Americans” for absolutely no reason.

In Obama I trust. What a relief! Having a conscience is very isolating.

Let’s Party with a capital D because if I can CHANGE, then there is HOPE for everyone and anyone else who are still lost wandering nearly alone in that wilderness of integrity.

Come home!

War is Peace!

Freedom is Slavery!

Ignorance is Strength.

2 + 2=5


About the author:

Cindy Sheehan

Cindy Sheehan is an American anti-war activist whose son, Specialist Casey Sheehan, was killed during his service in the Iraq War by the Mehdi Army on April 4, 2004. She attracted national and international media attention in August 2005 for her extended anti-war protest at a makeshift camp outside President George W. Bush's Texas ranch — a stand which drew both passionate support and angry criticism. More of her writings can be found at Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox: Writing from the Emprire.

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24 thoughts on “Cindy Sheehan: ‘Barack-A-lujah! I Have Seen The Light!’ – OpEd”

  1. Your ignorance is astounding, your son volunteered for the final mission which ended his life. Your understanding of foreign policy is minimal to non-existent. I find your rhetoric to be grounded in self-aggrandizing, overzealous, nonsensical garbage. As you maintain that there are those who profited from war, you profited from the death of your son, and in a microeconomic sense, makes you equally as vile.

  2. Nicely put! Freedom is the only real answer and in US only one politician is willing and principled enough to get us there – rep. Ron Paul(R – Tx).

  3. Keep at ‘em Cindy. I must say that I was disappointed when you decided not to run for that Democratic seat in Congress a while back. We need people like you in government …people with conviction and a conscience…and real principles too, as opposed to those who simply give lip service to their constituents and then turn around and do the same exact things that their predecessor did once they get elected.

  4. You should have written this earlier in the Obama presidency considering his escalation in Afganistan. Writing this now makes you look ridiculous along with all the other democrats
    and Obama voters who labor under the delusion that HOPE and CHANGE are anti-war slogans. They are NOT. Never were.

  5. Can she repair former President Bush’s image, that she helped desicrate? No. Can she help put the jeannie back in the bottle that she helped unleash on the U.S. currently? No.
    Her words are meaningless to me.

    God Bless her son.

  6. “you profited from the death of your son”

    Profit = Income – Outgo.
    When Outgo is infinite, as in the case of one’s beloved son, monetary profit is necessarily impossible.

    1. Cindy has, whether she would like to admit it or not, profited from the death of her son. Emotional anguish does not nullify the padding of one’s coffers through both the extrinsic motivation of money and fame, as well as the intrinsic motivation of seeking acceptance. Have you ever wondered why her family refuses to protest in a similar manner? Or did you know that she had met with President Bush once before prior to demanding that she meet him again. She is an opportunist who has been corrupted by the far left, and that is by no means a pejorative attack on democrats. Her involvement with the communist as well as utopian anarchist communities has removed all of her credibility, as she has posted on her facebook that violence in self-defense is justified, while condemning actions such as the Hurricane Katrina relief effort, as well as stating that she hates this nation, (consequently she lauds Hugo Chaves). As a soldier who has a college education, and as someone preparing for the LSATs, I have nothing but distain for this woman.

      1. Right. Her son getting killed in a war founded completely on lies was just the winning lottery ticket she needed. Your college education hasn’t reached your brain. No one cares about your pompous disdain.

    1. Yes Tonii, because if I post an article full of derogatory racial comments i should expect a backlash as I would be correct.

      You have to love logic

  7. Cindy,

    I am so glad you see the light. Wars are OK if Democrats say so and Republican wars are wrong. The Vietnam war was OK because JFK and Johnson were Dems. World War II is OK because FDR was a Democrat.

    Conversely, we should have given America over to Al Quaeda instead of having a war against them because Bush was a Republican.

    How smart you are, it would have made America a totalitarian or socialist regime. It would have gotten rid of our Constitution, our right to free speech, and freedom of Religion all in one fell swoop. We would all be like those in the Soviet Union where they pretended to pay so they pretended to work. Golly a real socialist utopia.

    Glad you figured it out.

    1. Wow, so Vietnam was ok because Johnson was a Democrat? What is it with you people and history. WWII was essential, though you folks on the far left have never been fond of the Jews.

  8. How refreshing–seriously. She has never wavered from her positions, opinions or principles. She has very astutely, and with great wit, exposed all those blindly partisan hacks on her side of the aisle who, after Nov 2008 suddenly lost their appetite for protest and strident debate over the wars, the globalists, the suspension of constitutional rights. Good for you Cindy–and that’s the first time I’ve ever given you kudos. But, being true to my hatred for hypocrisy, you deserve them.

  9. Psst. Psycho, the left has used you for all your worth and now you need to go away. Get used to it.

    You sold out the sacrifices of your son for 15 minutes of fame. That’s really sick.

  10. Just as all those idiots with the “coexist” bumper stickers on their Prius’, Cindy Sheehan is a deluded individual. The history of humankind wins out.

  11. Cindy Sheehan is calling it like it is. For you people that still think we have a right left political paradigm you need to wake up out of your flouride drinking mainstream media trace.

    Globalists are the new Nazis of the world hijacking our country. It’s sad but this is the case. So instead of fighting you right left issues why don’t we stand up against the globalists instead.

    Right left paradigm was put into place to keep the sheep fighting amongst themselves while they fleece our nation and the world abroad.

  12. It is unfortunate that so many people here are willing to distill complex situations and ideas down to a few words. To equate Libya and Vietnam and WWII and Iraq and then to make some kind of association to a political party or president or candidate or mysterious group at the time of outbreak that is true for all only satisfies some emotional distress, and does not produce any wisdom. And for all sides, wisdom is in short supply.

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